Young hedgehog found alone
If you find a baby hedgehog (also known as a ‘hoglet’) during the autumn months, please see our Caring for autumn juvenile hedgehogs (PDF 416KB) sheet for more advice.
If a hoglet is in immediate danger (such as on a road) and the mother has been killed, please take it to your nearest wildlife rehabilitator (see capture advice below).
If you find a baby hedgehog alone (or mother is known to have been killed) and its eyes are closed, please take it to your nearest wildlife rehabilitator (see capture advice below).
If its eyes are open and it’s not in immediate danger, try offering food. Suitable foods include dog or cat food (not fish-based), minced liver or mealworms. Never give cow’s milk to hedgehogs as it can give them diarrhoea. If the hoglet eats the food then it is probably weaned and should be able to survive. In this case please continue to provide food and fresh water and monitor for 24 hours.
If the hoglet does not eat the food or, after monitoring, it does not leave the area please take it to your nearest wildlife rehabilitator (see capture advice below).
If the hedgehog is sick or injured, find out what to do with an injured wild animal.
Capture and boxing
If it’s safe to catch and handle the hedgehog then, wearing thick gloves, gently place it into a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel.
To help keep the hedgehog warm place a hot water bottle in the box. Please make sure the hot water bottle is well-wrapped in a towel to prevent the hedgehog coming in contact with it. A hot water bottle could cause serious burns to a hoglet.
Always wear thick gloves when handling hedgehogs and handle the animal as little as possible.
Keep the hedgehog somewhere warm and quiet and take it to your nearest wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.
It’s often faster to take an animal to a wildlife rehabilitator yourself, as your nearest RSPCA officer may be out of the area attending other calls. If you are unable to transport the hedgehog, please call 0300 1234 999.